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Climate Advocates Underestimate Power of Fossil Fueled Misinformation Campaigns, Say Top Researchers

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Myron Ebell at a Heartland Institute conference

Climate action advocates have underestimated the strength and sophistication of decades-long fossil fuel-funded misinformation campaigns and need a coordinated set of strategies to fight back, say leading academics.

Among those strategies, say the three researchers from Yale and Brown University, are promoting financial transparency, suing misinformers and their funders, and researching the vast networks of think tanks and front groups.

Writing in the journal Nature Climate Change, Yale University's Professor Justin Farrell and Kathryn McConnell, together with Brown University’s Professor Robert Brulle, say people working on responses to climate change “cannot afford to underestimate the economic influence, institutional complexity, strategic sophistication, financial motivation, and societal impact of the networks” behind climate misinformation campaigns.

Brulle, who is also an academic at Drexel University, told DeSmog that after conversations with leaders of environment groups and foundations, he had concluded “there is virtually no understanding of the nature or extent of misinformation efforts and organized efforts to stop climate action.”

Polish Trade Union And Climate Science Denial Group Issue Statement Rejecting Scientific Consensus on Climate Change At COP24

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A Polish trade union has issued a joint statement with a notorious American climate science denial group rejecting the scientific consensus on climate change.

The statement, signed by the Chicago-based Heartland Institute and the trade union Solidarity was released as UN climate talks took place in Katowice, the centre of Poland’s coal heartland region of Silesia.

The talks, known as COP24, are widely considered to be the most important climate meeting since the 2015 summit in Paris and will aim to finalise the rulebook to implement the Paris Agreement.

COP24: Climate Science Denial, Disinformation and Fake News at the UN Climate Talks

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James Taylor of the Heartland Institute at COP24

In an age of “fake news” and disinformation, in which climate science deniers have been elected to the head of some of the world’s largest governments, the UN climate talks continue to act as a stage for those who wish to cast doubt on the climate crisis.

And in Katowice, Poland, where the UN climate talks — known as COP24 — are underway, it was no different. A small group of climate science deniers tried to grab attention by hosting an event on the fringe of the conference, claiming to “present the science that debunks UN alarmism”.

But this year, very few were paying attention.

On 60 Minutes Trump Says: 'I'm Not Denying Climate Change'

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Donald and Melania Trump tour Florida after Hurricane Michael

By Kert Davies, Climate Investigations Center. Originally posted on Climate Investigations Center.

Climate change is coming at Trump even as he tries like hell to avoid the subject. Record-setting hurricanes, Florence and Michael, have caused devastation across the southeast United States. Meanwhile, the grim UN IPCC “1.5 degree” report pushed climate scientists into the headlines last week while Trump was out and about, apparently unleashed, talking to media.

Five Climate Science Deniers to Know in Trump's Administration

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Trump, Perry, Zinke, Pence, and Pruitt

There are five folks spearheading the United States government who think that when it comes to climate change, they know better than all of the world’s main scientific institutions.

Nicolas Loris

Nicolas Loris

Credentials

  • Loris has a master's degree in economics from George Mason University in Fairfax, Va and a bachelor's degree in economics, finance, and political science from Albright College in Reading, Pa. [1]

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'Doing the Lord's Work' Heartland Institute Gathers Climate Deniers For America First Energy Conference

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One of the world’s most notorious climate science denial groups — the Heartland Institute — will gather its supporters and fellow ideologues this week for a one-day energy conference in Louisiana.

Aside from the conference’s fanatical devotion to fossil fuels, the line-up includes the usual pushers of junk science who are sure that every major science academy in the world is wrong about the dangers of adding CO2 to the atmosphere.

Gathering at the conference will be “hundreds of state and national elected officials, think tank leaders, and policy analysts.”

Front and center in New Orleans will be Fred Palmer, a veteran coal industry lobbyist who was behind what was probably the very first fossil-fuel funded attacks on the science linking coal burning to dangerous climate change. 

After more than 30 years with the Western Fuels Association and then coal giant Peabody, Palmer now spends his time as a senior fellow at the Heartland Institute. 

Amy Oliver Cooke

Amy Oliver Cooke

Credentials

  • Master's Degree, American History (United States), University of Northern Colorado (2003). [1]
  • Bachelor of Journalism in Magazine Journalism, University of Missouri-Columbia (1985). [2]

Background

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Joe Balash

Joe Balash

Credentials

  • B.A., Government & Politics, Pacific University Oregon (2001). [1]
  • Duquesne University (1993). [1]

Background

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Benjamin Zycher

Benjamin Zycher

Credentials

  • Ph.D., economics, University of California, Los Angeles. [1]
  • M.P.P., public policy, University of California, Berkeley.  [1]
  • A.B., political science, University of California, Los Angeles. [1]

Background

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